Nina Dante, soprano
Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass
Friday November 1, 2014 – 8:00pm
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago
With the invocation “A roaring flame has dissolved this heart of mine…”, performers and audience will be propelled into an exploration of lust and loss, poetry and improvisation sparked by three of contemporary music’s greatest works for soprano and double bass. James Dillon’s A Roaring Flame was described by the composer as a weather system (embodied by the double bass) into which a lone vocalist flings her song. Embodying the introductory quote of the work (which serves as the title of this program), the double bass slowly catches fire, dissolving the singer into a state of unsatiated desire. Beat Furrer’s Lotófagos journeys deep into the desert where the sun erases time and memory, the title translating to “lotus-eaters”, inspired by the amnesia-inducing lotuses of The Odyssey. Giacinto Scelsi’s Canti del Capricorno No. 4 treats the voice and double bass as a unified instrument, and leaving behind text-based narrative, explores pure sound’s ability to express human impulses. This results in a meditative experience ultimately sounding as a sacred chant.
Lightly staged and presented as a continuous narrative, the program blurs the lines between composed works and instrumental improvisation with spoken/sung recitations of the works’ texts. These pieces and the resulting improvisations are defined by an equally protagonistic relationship between voice and instrument; the double bass functioning as the dramatic landscape within which the vocalist acts as narrator.
A Roaring Flame (1980-2) – James Dillon (1950-)
Lotófagos (2006) – Beat Furrer (1954-)
Canti del Capricorno, No. 4 – Giacinto Scelsi (1905-88)
*program will feature improvised music and poetry recitation as preludes and postludes to each work